Hackberry is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 1,261 at the 2010 census, down from 1,699 in 2000. The losses were due to extensive damage from hurricanes Rita and Ike in 2005 and 2008, respectively. It is part of the Lake Charles Metropolitan Statistical Area. The Grammy Award-nominated Hackberry Ramblers, a Cajun music group, are from the community.
Hackberry is located in north-central Cameron Parish at 29°59′11″N 93°23′50″W / 29.98639°N 93.39722°W / 29.98639; -93.39722 (29.986485, -93.397190), at an elevation of 8 feet (2.4 m) above sea level on the west side of Calcasieu Lake. Louisiana State Highway 27 passes through the CDP, leading north 17 miles (27 km) to Sulphur and south 20 miles (32 km) to Holly Beach on the Gulf of Mexico.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the Hackberry CDP has a total area of 34.5 square miles (89.3 km), of which 28.1 square miles (72.7 km) is land and 6.4 square miles (16.6 km), or 18.59%, is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,699 people, 626 households, and 458 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 20.7 people per square mile (8.0/km²). There were 818 housing units at an average density of 9.9 per square mile (3.8/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 97.53% White, 0.47% African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.71% Asian, 0.53% from other races, and 0.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.12% of the population.
There were 626 households out of which 34.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.3% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.8% were non-families. 22.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.21.
In the CDP, the population was spread out with 26.3% under the age of 18, 9.9% from 18 to 24, 26.4% from 25 to 44, 27.0% from 45 to 64, and 10.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.4 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $37,366, and the median income for a family was $51,780. Males had a median income of $36,719 versus $25,192 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $16,332. About 3.9% of families and 9.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.5% of those under age 18 and 4.4% of those age 65 or over.
The population had dropped to 1,261 at the 2010 census, as many people left after the community was flooded deeply in Hurricane Ike.